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A short length of rope used for a variety of purposes on board. In sailing vessels, before the introduction of bottlescrews and similar fittings, the shrouds of all masts were set up taut by means of lanyards rove through the deadeyes. A sailor carries his knife on a lanyard; and when flintlocks were introduced into navies as the firing mechanism of a warship's guns, they were fired with a lanyard which released the hammer.

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